• Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama
  • Elsa Schiapparelli and Salvador Dali
  • Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning/Damien Hirst
  • Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami
  • Louis Vuitton and Stephen Sprouse
  • Christian Dior and Anselm Reyle
  • Louis Vuitton and Richard Prince
  • Nicholas Kirkwood and Keith Haring
  • Comme Des Garcons and Various Artists
  • Marc Jacobs and Maripol

The Art of Design

While fashion enthusiasts impatiently wait for the arrival of Marc Jacobs’ latest design collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton, we can’t help but be reminded of past pairings of artistic genius in the field of fashion. The relationship between fashion designer and artist has been cultivated throughout time, with many historic collaborations created as a result. From small brands to international fashion houses, designers and artists take these artistic journeys in hopes of broadening their creativity and expanding their customer base. Scroll through the slideshow above to see some of our favorite artist/designer collaborations.

Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama

The latest in a line of successful mergers of art and fashion, Marc Jacobs has asked Yayoi Kusama to share her delicate polka dot prints with the Vuitton customer. Fans of Kusama and Vuitton can look forward to some ready to wear pieces and accessories decorated in the artist’s signature style.

Elsa Schiapparelli and Salvador Dali

Piloting the artist designer collaboration trend was Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli and friend Salvador Dali. Of their many design partnerships, Dali and Schiaparelli created pieces that were not only fashion, but works of art.

Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning/Damien Hirst

Finding inspiration within inspiration, Cynthia Rowley designed this dress after viewing Olaf Breuning’s art exhibit, which featured nude models painted with the works of several 20th century artists including Damien Hirst. Rowley screen printed the Damien Hirst design onto a silk shirt dress, resulting in the wearable work of art.

Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami

Marc Jacobs has partnered with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami on several occasions for Louis Vuitton. For their first pairing, Murakami decorated classic Vuitton bags and accessories with his cartoon cherry blossoms. After the immense success of their first partnering, Murakami would work with Jacobs again to re-imagine Louis Vuitton’s iconic logo in Murakami style.

Louis Vuitton and Stephen Sprouse

Sprouse was the first artist to collaborate with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton in 2000. After a retrospective visit to Paris to view the work of surrealist Marcel Duchamp, the recently appointed Creative Director of Louis Vuitton tapped Sprouse to deface the brand’s monogram. "It's about taking something that's very iconic and revered and defacing it and creating something new, somewhat rebellious, and kind of punk," Jacobs said in Harper's Bazaar. Following Sprouse’s untimely death four years later, Jacobs honored his friend by revisiting their first collaboration, updating Stephen’s iconic graffiti tag in neon colors.

Christian Dior and Anselm Reyle

Berlin artist Anselm Reyle was given full access to the Dior archives to create his limited edition collection for the esteemed fashion house. Reyle took iconic bags such as the Lady Dior and Miss Dior and reinterpreted their classic designs with neon camouflage prints and bright colored stitching.

Louis Vuitton and Richard Prince

When Marc Jacobs asked Richard Prince to create a collection of bags for the French fashion house, Prince said, “How about Louis Vuitton After Dark?”

Nicholas Kirkwood and Keith Haring

The work of ’80s pop artist Keith Haring was the ultimate inspiration for shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. "I've grown up with Keith Haring's work around me. It's so ubiquitous, you saw it before you even knew it was art," Kirkwood told Vogue. "The bold colors, defined shapes and edges––that aspect of it, to me, made it perfect for a shoe."

Comme Des Garcons and Various Artists

Rei Kawakubo has teamed up with several artists—from Andreas Ganther and Ali Mitgutsch to E Boy and Where’s Wally?—on a new t-shirt series featuring fun graphic prints…perfect for summer.

Marc Jacobs and Maripol

Jacobs could be known as the king of artistic collaborations. After the many successful partnerships that came out of his work with various artists for Louis Vuitton, Jacobs asked artist, stylist, photographer and filmmaker Maripol to design for his eponymous line. The duo collaborated on many fun accessories and t-shirts at a very affordable price.
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